From: kbachand@juno.com
Date: Sat, Oct 9, 2010
Subject: Louisiana, 1860
To: rodbren@sbcglobal.net
Cc: hk.edgerton@gmail.com

Mr. Combs:

CC: H.K. Edgerton
 
Please read the following and then tell me if you believe these people would have been better off in the North–especially in Illinois or Indiana or Oregon.
 
Kenneth Bachand
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Free blacks in Louisiana

"Negroes in Louisiana in 1860 owned property worth 15-million dollars. The Ricaud family alone in 1859 owned 4,000 acres of land and 350 slaves at a total value of $250,000 .  In 1850, four-fifths of the free Negroes living in New Orleans could read and write, and they had over a thousand children in school. Among them were carpenters, tailors, shoemakers and printers, besides teachers, planters, and professional men . . . In 1850, Louisiana had a colored architect, 6 physicians, 4 engineers, and over 20 teachers in schools and in music."

(Source: Free Negroes of Louisiana – Black Reconstruction in America, W. E. B. Du Bois, pages 154-155, Atheneum, New York, 1935)